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Ford FOCUS DIESEL HATCHBACK 1.5 TDCi 95 Zetec 5dr

Ford FOCUS 1.5 TDCi 95 Zetec 5dr
Ford FOCUS 1.5 TDCi 95 Zetec 5dr
Ford FOCUS 1.5 TDCi 95 Zetec 5dr
Ford FOCUS 1.5 TDCi 95 Zetec 5dr
Ford FOCUS 1.5 TDCi 95 Zetec 5dr
Ford FOCUS 1.5 TDCi 95 Zetec 5dr
Ford FOCUS 1.5 TDCi 95 Zetec 5dr
Ford FOCUS 1.5 TDCi 95 Zetec 5dr
Ford FOCUS 1.5 TDCi 95 Zetec 5dr
Ford FOCUS 1.5 TDCi 95 Zetec 5dr
Ford FOCUS 1.5 TDCi 95 Zetec 5dr
Ford FOCUS 1.5 TDCi 95 Zetec 5dr
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Ford FOCUS 1.5 TDCi 95 Zetec 5dr
Ford FOCUS 1.5 TDCi 95 Zetec 5dr
Ford FOCUS 1.5 TDCi 95 Zetec 5dr
Ford FOCUS 1.5 TDCi 95 Zetec 5dr
Ford FOCUS 1.5 TDCi 95 Zetec 5dr
Ford FOCUS 1.5 TDCi 95 Zetec 5dr
Ford FOCUS 1.5 TDCi 95 Zetec 5dr
Ford FOCUS 1.5 TDCi 95 Zetec 5dr
Ford FOCUS 1.5 TDCi 95 Zetec 5dr
Ford FOCUS 1.5 TDCi 95 Zetec 5dr
Ford FOCUS 1.5 TDCi 95 Zetec 5dr
Ford FOCUS 1.5 TDCi 95 Zetec 5dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG80.70
  • 0-62mph11.4 secs
  • Top Speed114 mph
  • C0291 g/km
  • BHP95
  • Torque221 lbs/f
  • P11D22%

Review

The Ford Focus has evolved, this MK4 version offering slicker looks, higher interior quality and extra technology. There's also greater efficiency beneath the bonnet thanks to the addition of a hi-tech range of petrol and diesel engines. The best part though, is that this car should still remain as rewarding to drive as it's always been. The Focus might have grown up but it certainly hasn't lost its spark.

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Much is expected from this fourth generation Ford Focus. Designed from a clean sheet of paper, it looks set to give its rivals plenty to think about. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

It's very difficult to over-state the importance of the Focus family hatch to Ford's European business. To understand its significance, press the rewind button for a moment and shuttle back to 1997. Ford's family hatch contender during this period was the fifth generation Escort, a car so all-encompassingly woeful that the brand was almost embarrassed to sell it. When the time came for a replacement, we all expected something better. What we got in the Focus model first launched in 1998 was something much, much more than that, a car that, at a stroke, offered arguably the biggest step forward in family car design the market has ever seen. Here at last was technology directed firmly at the man in the street who, in this apparently humble family hatchback, could experience a car more entertaining and rewarding to drive than almost anything this side of a sizeable lottery win. It was asking a lot for the MK2 model we saw in 2005 to repeat such a seismic step forward but that second generation Focus was still quite good enough to remain acclaimed as the driver's choice against rival Astras and Golfs that made up for their dynamic failings with a better ride and a more luxurious big car feel. These were attributes the Focus also needed and when it came to developing the MK3 version, launched early in 2011, Ford tried to provide them without compromising the car's class-leading handling. That's also been the goal with this more sophisticated MK4 model, announced in the Spring of 2018.

Driving Experience

Our test of this fourth generation Focus confirmed that the sharp driving dynamics that marked out previous models have been retained. That's aided by the standard inclusion of a driving modes system this time round with settings that can alter steering feel, throttle response and, if you've an auto variant, transmission response times. Talking of autos, there's a new 8-speed self-shifter on offer. Otherwise, you'll be swapping cogs with a 6-speed manual. The engine range initially looks familiar, but closer inspection reveals that it's been heavily revised. As before, the range primarily hinges around Ford's familiar three cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol unit, which gets a new turbocharger and cylinder head and is available in 85, 100 and 125PS guises. There's also a new 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine with 150 or 182PS. Plus a fresh 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel with 95 and 120PS. And a 2.0-litre EcoBlue unit with 150PS. As for the suspension, well a little disappointingly, Ford has followed Volkswagen's lead in equipping lower-powered 1.0-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel variants with a cruder twist-beam set-up. If you want the more sophisticated independent rear double wishbone suspension system that's supposed to improve ride comfort, you'll need an estate, the 'Active' crossover version, top-spec 'Vignale' trim or a hatch with 1.5-litre petrol or 2.0-litre diesel power. The 'ST-Line' version gets stiffer, lowered suspension.

Design and Build

There's nothing particularly striking about the way this fourth generation Focus looks but the lines are crisp and pleasing, whether you opt for the five-door hatch body style or the alternative small estate. The overall length is 18mm longer than before and the car rides 15mm lower. Or at least it does in standard guise. The SUV-style 'Active' variant has a slightly higher ride height; the sporty 'ST-Line' model rides slightly lower than normal versions. As ever though, what's more important is the stuff you can't see: this Focus rides on the brand's latest 'C2' platform, which enables the wheelbase to be 53mm longer, freeing up extra cabin space. You should certainly feel that inside. Rear knee room has increased by 56mm and, thanks to a re-profiling of the rear doors, the rear passengers' heads are now adjacent to glass rather than metal, so they'll be able to see out more easily. Up-front, as you'd expect, it all feels of much higher quality - the fascia now has half the number of buttons that were there before. And shoulder room is class-leading. The extra body length has freed up more boot space too. In the estate version, there's now a class-leading 1.14m of width between the wheel arches and overall load length with the rear seats folded (1,700mm) is up by 134mm. That means 1,650-litres of carriage capacity.

Market and Model

The Focus range kicks off with the base 'Style' variant priced at around £18,000, before progressing through 'Zetec', 'ST-Line', 'ST-Line X', 'Titanium', 'Titanium X' and 'Vignale' variants. An SUV-style 'Active' version and an 'ST' hot hatch will be along soon. Equipment levels reflect the fact that most customers will be paying upwards of £20,000 for this once very affordable family hatch. Even the Focus 'Style' comes as standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, a DAB digital radio with Bluetooth and Emergency Assist, an electronic parking brake, autonomous emergency braking, tyre pressure monitoring, Hill Start Assist and a Lane-Keeping Aid. If you prioritise luxury and you've a healthy budget, you'll like the top 'Vignale' variant, which gets a unique front grille and body styling with 18in wheels, full LED lighting, leather upholstery, a head-up display, a rear view camera, a heated steering wheel and the 675-watt 10-speaker B&O Play Premium Audio System. For sporty drivers, the 'ST-Line' variant offers unique body styling, including unique upper and lower grille, rear spoiler and polished twin tailpipes. Inside there's a flat-bottomed steering wheel, black headlining, an aluminium gear knob, alloy finish pedals and red stitching. Sophisticated features available across the range include a head-up display, radar-operated cruise control, a more advanced Park Assist system and a wi-fi network that will connect up to 10 devices.

Cost of Ownership

Ford has re-fettled its engines in pursuit of greater efficiency. The 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol unit gets a higher compression ratio and increased injection pressure to facilitate this. It'll also help that this MK4 model Focus can be up to 88kg lighter than its predecessor. Around 33kgs of that comes from the new C2 platform, which uses a higher proportion of high-strength steel. A further 17kg of weight has been taken out of the interior, the powertrain is around 6kgs lighter and the electrical system loses 7kgs of weight too. A standard 'Active Grille Shutter' closes a flap in the front gill to reduce drag at speed. Plus there's clever 'Air Curtain' technology that guides airflow across the front wheels in a way that reduces turbulence. The result of all this effort is, according to Ford, a 10% improvement in running cost efficiency across the board. Specifically, on the volume 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol models, that means a CO2 emissions figure which can be as low as 108g/km, regardless of your choice between 85, 100 or 125PS versions of this powerplant. The 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol unit can put out as little as 122g/km. As for the 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel, well in 95PS form, this unit produces 94g/km of CO2. Choose the 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel unit and the CO2 figure is 110g/km.

Summary

Has any car had more of an impact on modern era motoring than the Ford Focus? With over 16 million global sales on the board, it's hard to argue the point. Other manufacturers can better this car in some regards, but they still can't make their family hatchback contenders drive like a Focus. True, this car is still far from perfect. There are cheaper rivals - and there are certainly more spacious ones. As an overall package though, it remains hard to beat. This car no longer depends solely on handling supremacy to justify its position at the top of the sales charts. Smarter and more sensible, it is, more than ever, number one for a reason.

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Exterior Features
Solid paint
'Quickclear' heated windscreen/heated washer jets
Auto headlamps (on/off)
Body coloured bumpers
Body coloured door handles
Body coloured electrically operated and heated door mirrors with side indicators
Electrically operated front and rear windows with one touch opening and closing
Front fog lamps with cornering function
Front variable intermittent wipers with electric wash
Halogen reflector headlamps
Heated rear window
LED daytime running lamp
Tailgate wash/wipe
Wheels
16" 5x2 spoke sparkle silver alloy wheels
Mini steel spare wheel
Driver Convenience
Bluetooth system
Cruise control + speed limiter
Digital clock
Easy fuel capless refuelling system
Eco mode
Ford SYNC with 8" TFT touchscreen, DAB radio and app link Android auto/Apple carplay
Lane keeping aid with lane departure warning
PAS
Pre collision assist with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian/cyclist detection
Selectable drive mode
Trip computer
Entertainment
6 speakers
Aux input
Interior Features
3 spoke leather trimmed steering wheel with integrated audio controls
60/40 split back and cushion rear seats with 2 height adjustable headrests
Centre console with armrest
Cloth upholstery
Driver's lumbar support
Driver's seat manual height adjust
Front floor mats
Height adjustable front headrests
Isofix child seat preparation
Leather gear knob
Manual air conditioning
Reach + rake adjustable steering column
Rear centre headrest
Safety
ABS+Electronic Brake force Distribution
Auto hold function
Driver airbag
Electronic parking brake
Electronic stability control
Front and rear seatbelt reminder
Front inertia reel height adjustable seatbelts with pre-tensioners
Front passenger airbag
Front side airbags
Hill start assist
MyKey system
Passenger airbag deactivate switch
Post collision braking
Side curtain airbags
Three rear inertia reel lap/diagonal seatbelts
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Security
Remote central locking & engine immobiliser
Thatcham category 1 alarm
Technical
Diesel particulate filter
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 91
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1499
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 6 SPEED
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 80.7
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 85.6
EC Urban (mpg) 74.3
General
Badge Engine CC 1.5
Badge Power 95
Coin Description EcoBlue 95
Coin Series Zetec
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 15E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 1
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 85
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 87
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 72
NCAP Safety Assist % 75
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 10000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months 120
Timing Belt Interval Mileage 150000
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 11.4
Engine Power - BHP 95
Engine Power - KW 70
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 221
Engine Torque - MKG 30.6
Engine Torque - NM 300
Top Speed 114
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? Yes
Tyre Size Front 195/65 R16
Tyre Size Rear 195/65 R16
Tyre Size Spare SPACE SAVER
Wheel Style 5x2 SPOKE
Wheel Type 16" ALLOY
Weight and Capacities
No. of Seats 5

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £257.99 p/m £15.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £279.99 p/m £43.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £295.99 p/m £61.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £225.99 p/m £22.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £245.99 p/m £47.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £263.99 p/m £74.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £205.99 p/m £32.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £223.99 p/m £58.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £239.99 p/m £89.99 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £308.99 p/m £18.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £334.99 p/m £51.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £354.99 p/m £73.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £271.99 p/m £26.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £294.99 p/m £56.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £316.99 p/m £89.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £246.99 p/m £39.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £268.99 p/m £70.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £286.99 p/m £107.99 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Blind spot information with power folding door mirrors and cross traffic alert with active braking £500.00
Ford pass connect £250.00
Front and rear parking sensors £375.00
Wireless charging pad £100.00
Exterior Features
Additional Premium paint £550.00
Detachable trailer coupling includes trailer stability assist £600.00
Exclusive paint £700.00
Premium paint £250.00
Trailer Coupling Pre-equipment Electrical-Kit £250.00
Interior Features
Comfort seats - manual 18 way driver and passenger seat adjustment £300.00
Packs
Appearance pack - Focus £400.00
Convenience Pack with park assist - Focus £750.00
Paintwork
Exclusive paint - Magnetic £700.00
Premium paint - Chrome blue £550.00
Premium paint - Diffused silver £550.00
Premium paint - Frozen white £250.00
Premium paint - Moondust silver £550.00
Premium paint - Shadow black £550.00
Solid - Race red FOC
Trim
Cloth - Charcoal black FOC
Wheels
16" steel spare wheel £150.00
* option prices shown are estimated